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Ensuring safe food in schools

By: Michelle Joy L. Padayhag June 08,2015 - 01:23 AM

Source: World Health Organization

Source: World Health Organization

The Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU-7) has reminded food peddlers to ensure that the food they sell, especially in schools, is safe.

Parents, students and teachers are advised to check if vendors and school canteens have sanitation permits, said Reynan Cimafranca, RESU-7 chief.

“Once there is a secured permit, then it means that the vendors have undergone orientation and training from the city health,” he said.

Food is considered safe when it is free of defects, infection or toxin as provided for in the Sanitation Code. There must be hygiene control, sanitation and intervention.

“Improper food preparation and handling might lead to contamination. It will result in diarrhea, hepatitis, and typhoid fever,” Cimafranca told Cebu Daily News.

In preparing food, the vendors are advised to clean their utensils and wash the ingredients before cooking.

Food preparation also applies to beverages.

“Especially kanang sources of water sa juice and ice cubes, it must be clean (The water and ice in juice must be clean).

We need to make sure that it is safe to use,” Cimafranca said.

Meanwhile, RESU-7 reminded the public to drink at least eight glasses a day as a deterrent to dehydration while  the El Niño phenomenon is still in effect.

“Always be ready. You should have umbrellas or caps with you to protect yourself from the heat of the sun. This also applies when the rainy season comes, which is expected soon. Have raincoats and boots with you,” Cimafranca said.

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